You’ve probably spent a lot of time and effort on your skincare regime on your face, but what about your neck? Regularly applying sunscreen, moisturising? Go on, be honest, we won’t tell! Forgetting to look after the delicate skin on your neck is what we call ‘necklect’, and if you’re having guilty pangs right now, you’re not alone.
The bad news is that the skin on the neck is very thin, and tends to be dry, as it lacks oil glands. So it deteriorates quickly, particularly during and after menopause, rapidly taking on that saggy, crepey appearance that can give your age away.
You can help to avoid this by using ZO SkinHealth Firming Serum and sunscreen on your neck and investing in cosmeceuticals, just as you would on your face, but if, like many of our patients, you haven’t been doing that for the last twenty years and don’t have access to a time machine, how can you turn back the clock?
The good news is that there are treatments that can help.
Here at Health & Aesthetics, we and our patients are big fans of a couple of treatments which are ideal for combating ‘necklect’. Combined with some products which you can use daily to protect against future damage, they have a great, natural-looking rejuvenating effect.
Profhilo – the answer to crepey skin
Profhilo is a unique injectable which uses ones of the purest forms of Hyaluronic Acid on the market. Hyaluronic Acid is the essential key to keeping your skin hydrated and giving it plumpness, as it can hold over 1,000 times its own weight in water, and is vital in the production of collagen. When injected into the skin, Profhilo stimulates the production of four different types of collagen and elastin, improving the tissues and the skin’s appearance. It’s particularly effective on the neck, but can also be used on other areas of skin which tend towards that crepey appearance – like the décolletage or arms.
How often do I need Profhilo to treat my crepey necklect skin?
Profhilo works best when injected according to a strict schedule – a second treatment one month after your first (some patients need a third treatment one month later), then maintenance treatments every four to six months.
Our doctors, Dr Rekha Tailor and Dr Sonia Kersey are both highly trained and experienced in injecting Profhilo, and they and our patients love the natural results that it gives.
ZO Skin Health SPF, ZO Skin Health Firming Serum and ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum. Plus the daily drink of Skinade to stimulate collagen production.
Ultherapy® – lifting and tightening the jawline to combat ‘necklect’
To complement the Profhilo injections that help to plump up and rehydrate the skin on the neck, Ultherapy® is great to use to lift and tighten the skin on the jawline.
It’s a completely non-invasive treatment using ultrasound energy to achieve natural looking results, and is so effective that it’s often described as a non-surgical facelift (or the ‘lunchtime lift’ because it’s so quick and needs no downtime).
One of the main reasons Dr Rekha and Dr Sonia choose to use Ultherapy® is that it’s so targeted. It features the patented DeepSEE technology, which allows the doctor to see the areas being treated, and achieve the best result for each patient by reaching the right depths to stimulate new collagen and elastin production.
Because its effects are based on stimulating new collagen and elastin production, the final results take around six months to be visible –although you’ll start to see changes after two to three months, and may see an initial lift effect immediately after treatment. Results can last for over a year in some people.
Maintaining your results – don’t slip back into ‘necklect’!
This combination of Profhilo and Ultherapy® can give you great results and make a big difference to the appearance of your neck and jawline, but for best results you need to adjust your skincare regime to start taking care of your neck.
ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum is ideal as it contains vital growth factors to support the boosted collagen production in your skin, and increase its density. And to protect this delicate skin area from future sun damage, use ZO Skin Health SPF.
To further stimulate that all-important collagen production, we swear by multi-award-winning Skinade Collagen Drink. The clever people at Skinade have managed to break down the collagen molecule into protein peptides that can be absorbed by the body (and smaller than any of its competitors) which when consumed, stimulates more collagen production.
A quick final word about injectables.
If you’re considering Profhilo, or any other injectable treatment, always make sure you’re going to a properly trained and qualified medical doctor. Injectable treatments in the UK are currently completely unregulated, which means anyone can inject fillers and other treatments with minimal (or even no) training. Badly administered injections can cause complications, especially around the face – so you should always ask to see the practitioner’s credentials, and examples of the results they’ve achieved for their patients.
Dr Rekha Tailor and Dr Sonia Kersey are both highly trained and experienced medical doctors with a combined 47 years of medical experience, and will always give you a full consultation to discuss the results you want to achieve, and will be happy to show you before and after photos of previous patients.